Former Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen has won the backing of six top Morris County Republicans in his bid for freeholder in a special election convention on Saturday.
Senate Minority Whip Joseph Pennacchio, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, Sheriff Jim Gannon, Freeholder Stephen Shaw, former Morris County GOP Chairman John Sette, and Chatham Township Mayor Mike Kelly announced their endorsement of Selen this morning.
“He has a compelling story as an adoptive son of this country,” said Pennacchio, who is also the executive director of the Morris County GOP. “He will bring that enthusiasm and respect for traditional conservative values to the Morris County Board of Freeholders.”
Sette called Selen, who was born in Turkey, an American success story.
“Tayfun represents what is great about our nation, said Sette, a former freeholder. “He took advantage of the freedom and opportunity America has to offer, became a successful businessman and has dedicated himself ever since to repaying our community with his astute and dedicated public service.”
DeCroce called Selen “one of the most dependable people I know.”
“He has been a steadfast supporter of our Republican Party, standing behind our candidates in the toughest of elections,” DeCroce said. “He is a man of great character and integrity; a smart businessman who will be able to put his professional skills to work as a Morris County Freeholder. He will be a true asset.”
Selen is one of six candidates seeking the unexpired term of Heather Darling, who resigned from the freeholder board earlier this month to become the Morris County Surrogate.
He faces Pequannock councilwoman Melissa Florance-Lynch, former Morristown councilwoman Alison Deeb, former Pompton Lakes councilman Christian Barranco, and former Long Hill township committeeman Bruce Meringolo.
“Tayfun Selen is not only a unifying force in the Morris County Republican Party, he also is an honest, hardworking public servant who will bring a fresh sense of commitment to the county freeholder board to keep taxes under control and maintain our quality of life here,” said Gannon.